In order for Navarro's Edelzwicker to be true to its Alsatian roots there are only four grape varieties that we blend into Navarro's Edelzwicker: Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Muscat à petits grains blanc. For the final blend to be totally satisfying it usually takes at least three of these grape varieties in the cuvée so that no one variety's flavor dominates. In 2014, we had spectacular conditions for the production of a cluster select late harvest
Riesling, so we dedicated our second largest Riesling field to sweet wine, leaving us with substantially less dry Riesling than in prior vintages. Not only were we unable to produce enough of the wine we label as Anderson Valley
Riesling, but the wine from this grape variety also became the limiting ingredient in the 2014 Edelzwicker.
Dumping Gewürz grapes into a grape destemmer's hopper. During harvest we mounted a GoPro camera on the front of our forklift; the white picking bin (foreground) is about ten feet in the air and is being rotated so that the grapes fall directly into the stainless steel hopper below.